Corruption on the part of governments, the private sector, and citizensobstructs development by contributing to inequality, unsustainablegrowth, and slower rates of poverty reduction. Over the last decade,societies have come to realize the extent to which corruption andbribery have undermined their welfare and hindered developmentefforts. The media, civic and business associations, trade unions andother non-governmental actors play a critical role in fostering publicdiscussion of corruption, increasing awareness about corruption, andmounting pressures for government and business reform. Experiencehas shown that the fight against corruption cannot be won withoutcitizens’ support, participation, and vigilance.As an activist and researcher on civil society and its role in the promotion of democracy andtransparency in development processes, I have had the rewarding experience of working withcivil society organizations around the world and contributing to community engagement innational political, economic, and social life. In January 2010, I had the honor to be elected Chair of the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) following PTF’s previous Chair, Kumi Naidoo,departure. Kumi Naidoo served as the PTF Chairman for over 8 years and will be greatlymissed.Over the last decade, PTF has pioneered ways to assist civil society organizations to fightcorruption by helping to play an effective role in the design, implementation, and monitoring of anti-corruption activities. We have come far over the last 10 years and expect to expand our activities significantly over the next five years across the developing world and especially in lowincome countries in Africa and South Asia. We look forward to continuing to work with our CSOpartners to fight against corruption and promote transparency and accountability.This Annual Report bears testimony to the different constituents of the PTF family and their workin 2009: to the committed organizations that have received support from PTF, to our donors andsupporters and to a wonderful team of dedicated individuals, Board members, staff members,and advisers and volunteers. To all of them, I want to express the deepest gratitude for givingPTF the opportunity to make a contribution in the fight against corruption all over the world.
Anabel Cruz Chair